Regenerable active polyelectrolyte nanofiltration membranes for water reuse and metal/acid recovery
LbLBRANE is an EU-funded research project. It aspires to carry on membrane technology for water treatment while tackling a common problem of membrane separation systems : membrane fouling. The whole approach is based on the concept of layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition of polyelectrolytes on membrane surfaces. LbL technology will be applied to develop a versatile and generic procedure for the fast fabrication of low-cost, stable, and chemical-resistant polyelectrolyte membranes.
The research team will identify optimum criteria and conditions for generating polyelectrolyte multi-layers atop membranes. Elucidating the physiochemical properties of the membrane and the transport properties, mechanics at the nano-scale will be key to understanding the filtration and retention behaviour at macro-scale. To this end LbLBRANE has assembled a consortium of high level industrial partners and experienced research institutes from various scientific and technological areas.